Sunday, March 22, 2015

Block of the Month update

I know - two posts in one weekend after a month of silence.  What can I say, when it rains it pours.

I finished all my block/pillow of the months today.  Between cleaning house (my art girls are coming on Tuesday so good inspiration to clean house) I was able to finish these.  First, my Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month (#10).
 And then Pat Sloan's Vacation Time Block of  the Month mystery.
 Fat Quarter Shops Snapshots mystery.
 And Shabby Fabrics Pillow of the month.  Made my first rouched flowers on this one.

And I got the piping/binding on this one.
I also got 3 blocks for my Material Girls friendship group block exchange done.  Can't show those though.

Thanks for looking have a great week.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A ton of finishes

Kind of only 2.  You'll see in a minute.  I was busy the last few weeks with guild business and then I had three of my quilts and a guild charity quilt to finish.  First my quilts.  Remember in December when I started the Bonnie Hunter Mystery this year?  This is the last time I posted about them.  I wasn't thrilled with the green sashing.  I saw on Facebook where someone took all those sashing pieces and made a separate quilt.  I liked what I saw so I went ahead and did that.  But here's what I did with the other blocks.  I didn't use any sashing.  Just the blocks and I did use the border pieces.  I just quilted an all over stipple and got it done.  Pretty bright and outside of my 'wheel house' let's say.  But I'll put it to good use somewhere.  
 And just in time for St. Patrick's Day, I finished this little lap quilt with the sashing strips.  Just stitched in the ditch and a feather in the border.
But my favorite of the quilts I finished was this Wheel quilt.  It was a pattern I got from Joanna Figueroa (of Fig Tree & Co) Craftsy class.  I used Me and My Sisters LOL fabrics and a white from Blank Fabrics.  (I want to buy a bolt of that white.  It is so pretty.)  Anyway if you want to take a good Craftsy class, that is another one I would recommend.

 I did a lot of marking and specialty quilting.  Tried some new design in the sashing.  Thank goodness for the Frixion pens.  I love those things.

And another little St. Patrick's Day little quilt finished.  I got this kit 2 years ago while at a retreat.

And for my art quilt group, I had to create a quilt inspired by the Impression artist.  

Not quite finished.  I'm going to do a small turquoise piping and brown binding.  It's a mini version of a Laundry Basket pattern. 

And for my guild, I pinned and quilted this little quilt for their charity.

Our guild had Pat Speth, the Nickel Quilt lady, as a speaker and workshop at the beginning of the month.  I started a red-white-blue quilt and hope to finish it soon.  I have a few other things that I need to get finished first.  (That would be all my block of the months.)

And since I like to end on a cute note, look at this little guy.  He's a catcher like his pro baseball player uncle John.
He said that was the best part of the day.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Block of the Month Updates

It's that time of the month to finish all my block of the months.  The first one I worked on this month was the Fat Quarter Shop Designer mystery.

 Then our guild has their monthly block of the month.  Since this was an easy block I thought I might as well.
Pat Sloan's 2015 Vacation Time Mystery.  

 Fat Quarter Shops Snapshot Block of the Month
 And Shabby Fabrics Pillow of the Month club pillow.

Quilting and piecing is such great therapy.  It makes me happy.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Quilting Diva Retreat and a finish

The title is deceiving. I didn't finish anything at the retreat, but while talking to friends there, realized I never posted a picture of this quilt that I finished a few weeks ago.  I had originally machine quilting the binding down and it was horrible so I took that stitching out and hand stitched it down and then forgot to take a photo.

It's a Thimble Blossoms by Camille Roskelley pattern called Fireworks and a kit from the Fat Quarter Shop.  It is a fat quarter friends pattern.

The Quilting Diva's retreat was this weekend.  It's a bunch of gals who only meet once a year at Wonder Valley.  Such a great group of ladies.  All so kind and nice.  They all gave gifts throughout the weekend and I totally forgot to make anything.  Next year they expect big things from me.  :)

I didn't bring my sewing machine this weekend.  I focused on some hand applique projects.  I did get pieces that I cut at the Coxcomb class at Road all sewn down except for the big center red circle.  I need to get all the other green pieces down before I can sew that one down.
I finished a 2nd egg on my wool Easter applique runner and starch turned more than half the pieces of one block of the Christmas block of the year quilt.  Sorry - didn't get pictures of that or of anything else this weekend.  It started raining today so I got out of there right after lunch.  Glad for the rain.  Came home and took a 3 hour nap.  Just now getting up my energy to do a little stitching on the machine.

Last weekend I spent time with my dad and my brother and family.  It was my nieces 12th birthday.  I can't believe she's 12 already.  I got there Saturday noon we took a little hike, then when shopping on Sunday and model home shopping and then friends from San Jose came and we all went out for dinner in honor of her day.  It was a great weekend.

I was instructed by my doctor to go carb/sugar free for 4 weeks.  I'm just finishing week 3.  I don't feel any different.  I do miss chocolate, pasta and my morning oatmeal.   But I can do it for one more week or so.  You would think I would have dropped a ton of pounds but I only lost 5 the first week, gained 3 the next week and about the same this week.  I am also now on a low dose of blood pressure medicine.  I can tell the difference with that.  My feet and ankles aren't swelling up like they had been.  yeah!

Thanks for looking.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Forgot to Post this quilt

Finished it a couple weeks ago.  It was a kit from Nancy Rink Designs.  One of those quilts you keep looking at a show and know you just have to have it.

Calling it Brick House.  Because of the color and I'm so bad at naming quilts.  Now I just need to label it and put a sleeve on it because I'm entering it in Best of the Valley.  Sent all my entry forms today.  No turning back.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Road 2 California 2015

Two friends and I headed to Road to California last Wednesday.  It was supposed to be 4 altogether but one of my friends started a new job and didn't have enough vacation available to go.  (I know how's she's feeling now-more later.)  We made a few stops at quilt stores on our way down.  Candy's in Northridge, one in Montrose, another in Pasadena and there was one more and we happened to hit it on it's last day open.  There wasn't much there but what was there, was 40% off.  I took one class by Anita Shackelford on Coxcomb applique.  I learned a lot and she was patient with the couple of newbie appliquers in the class.  I never got a picture -but did start one block.  Will post when it gets finished.
I also took Tiffany Hayes (Needle in a Hayes Stack) Downton Abbey Mystery Class on Friday night.  It was fun - I got the fabric pack of  Lord Grantham and this is the finished quilt.  (Finished the binding this morning.)  And during the class she had drawings for some fabric packs.  And I won!  I got a fabric pack of the new Egyptian Downton Abbey Fabric.  It's so pretty.
And of course I did a lot of shopping.  I put it all away before I took any pictures but was able to get these out easily and get some pictures.
Easter Fabrics - so I can use when I get my Material Girls exchange blocks.

Text fabrics for a challenge I need to work on.

Some Pam Kitty /PK like fabrics for a couple of projects

There was more but it's all mixed in the stash now.  I also purchased a lot of thread.  About 6 big cones of Superior So Fine, 3 cones of Magnifico and some perle cotton threads for wool applique.

The day before I left for Road, the mall I work at foreclosed and the bank now owns the mall and they hired a new management company.  I was told to still go on my trip and that I would have a job when I got back.  It was still a little nerve wracking because of all the stuff that I needed to copy and save (which I did get a lot done in the half day I knew there was going to be a change, and luckily the old management company still let me have access to the accounting program on Monday.  But after that, it was all gone.  We're still in the transition period.  I don't have the new accounting systems/computer and we are all kind of in limbo and doing what we can do in the mean time.  As far as my vacations go, I have to accrue it again,which means I won't be able to take the week off of work to go to Sisters this July.  I'm hoping I'll have at least 2 days so I can drive up on the Thursday, and meet up with the others, and then book it home on Sunday.  According to Google, it should only take about 10.5 hours of driving.  If I can talk a friend into going with me, we can share the driving so it won't be so bad.

That's it for now.  I have one more quilt pinned and ready to go and a charity quilt for guild I need to whip up.  Then I need to work on getting my quilts ready for the Best of the Valley quilt show.  I have all the pictures ready, I just need to submit the paperwork.  And then I need to put labels, sleeves on and then block all of them.  Yikes.  

Thanks for looking.  Sorry I was so wordy.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Block of the Month Updates and a finish

The finish first.

Last October I took a class from our guild from Melinda Bula.  This was a bugger for me to quilt, but it's done.  Yeah!

I've been working on Fat Quarter Shops Designer mystery quilt for the last 8 months.  I got a little behind at the holidays and caught up this weekend.  Here are blocks 7 & 8.  (I am making 2 of each block so I'll end up with 2 quilts at the end of the year.)

Then they decided to have a free block of the month that has some adorable blocks and although I swore I wasn't going to do anymore block of the months, I couldn't resist this one. I have a ton of Pam Kitty Garden and Love fabrics that I'll use.
So last year I did the Pat Sloan block of the month and tried to resist this year but just couldn't.  So I went through all my fabrics and found this line that I am going to use for the BOM
And last year at the local quilt stores big quilt event, they had the Kimberbell sisters as guests and fell in love with their stuff.  And right after that, Shabby Fabrics announced their pillow of the month club so yep, signed up for that one too.
And of course our guild has a block of the month.  You make a block, turn it in and get a ticket and then they draw.  If your number comes up, then you get all the blocks.  I liked the focus fabric of this months so I thought I'd do it this month.

So that's what I've worked on this weekend.  (Well the Melinda Bula has been in my pile of quilts to be quilted since November.)

I also got my ironing board covered this weekend.  Finally.  The old cover was so brown and ugly.
Here it is with the new cover.  The fabric is some remnant fabric I bought so my sister-in-law could cover this wonderful little foot stool my dad made for me.
I've used it several times already.  Thanks dad and Marcy.

I do have to work this Monday (Martin Luther King birthday) and then on Tuesday but I have Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off so I can go to Road to California with my friends.  I am taking Anita Shackleford Coxcomb applique class and a Downton Abbey mystery class.  Can't wait.  Going to see some friends I haven't seen for a while too.

Thanks for looking.  Updated my to do list too.  It's long this time because I went through all my fabric packs and am listing them.  It was eye opening to see the list.  I even took pictures of all of the kits so I can have on my cell and won't buy more fabrics.  Ha!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

2014 Quilt Year in Review

I had a pretty successful year with a lot (34) personal quilts (or crossstitch) done, 14 of which were on my resolution list of quilts I wanted to get done.  Not shown but also completed were some charity quilts for our guild that I machine quilted and bound for them.  I pick one up at meetings (since they have them pinned and ready to go) and I quilt one right before I start quilting another project as a warm up.

Here's my final 2014 Resolution list.  I donated one of the kits to guild as a prize for the Bingo game and I'm breaking down a kit that I got from a friend who passed and putting the fabrics into my stash.  Part of the fabric that was in it was decorator fabric and I just don't want to use it in a quilt.  But all the rest of the fabrics are great and I'm sure I'll find some other quilts to use the fabric in.  I'm going to go through my kits and packs again in a week or so and revise and update my list for 2015.  

And here are all the boutique items I made for the guild.  Probably about 70 items.

And the ornaments I made and received this year.

Check back in a week or so with my updated resolution list.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

One last 2014 Finish, a 2015 Finish and the Grand Illusion Mystery

As you know from my previous posts, I've been working on the Grand Illusion Mystery - Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame.  I didn't finish my top but I did get four blocks put together so I could see what it would look like.
So far the only think I have changed was using solid red squares instead the 4 patches and using black cornerstones in the sashing verses the aqua.  I will finish this sometime soon.  I have had several quilts pinned and ready to quilt that need to be finished first.

Here's the first one I finished - or last one in 2014.  It's leftover HST from another quilt that only the top is done, but the guild put a call out for charity quilts in Janaury so wanted to bring this one in.

Then while retreating with some friends over new year, I was able to focus on my machine quilting and got my Fall Block of the Month quilted.  All I have to do is hand sew down the binding (it's glued at the moment).  This picture does not do it justice.  And the picture is posting on it's side - don't know how to fix that.
Still have to work on my year-in-review.  But that will take while.  I'll get back to you on that as soon as I can.  And update my resolution list too.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Caught Up and Christmas ornaments

I am all caught up with the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery quilt.  Here's the proof.
Clue 5

Clues 1-5
Christmas was wonderful.  Still not the same as it was without my mom, but we try to make it as good as she would have made it.  My sister made ravioli's a few weeks ago when she was here with a little help from my dad and sister holding the drill to turn the pasta maker (see pictures from a few posts back).  Our friends Kevin and Lori came for Christmas Eve dinner and we ate and laughed.  We played a game on Lori's phone called Heads Up which was fun.  Dad didn't play, but he enjoyed watching us and laughing at our answers and clues.

Each Christmas the siblings have exchanged hand-made ornaments.  For some reason, Christmas snuck up on 2 of them so only me and my younger sister got our ornaments completed.   Beverly made these little cuties.

I made these sleds.  I bought the patterns/kits at Creating Keepsake in New Hampshire on my grand adventure in Sept/Oct.  

And for my mother-in-law, step-daughter and granddaughter, I made these lace and flannel scarves.  (Pattern found on Pinterest -just search lace flannel infinity scraves).  I made my g-daughters scarf half the wide and about 40" long.  We had a great Christmas with the kids. 

We went to their house on the Sunday before Christmas.  

Jack loved his tent, flashlight and sleeping bag and fort kit we got him and Dylan.  He took his nap in his tent and they put his tent on his bed and slept that night in it too.  

Another Christmas done and all my decorations are put away for another year.  My Valentine stuff is all up already.  My bedroom is pink, pink and pink.  :)  

Going to Los Osos to ring in the New Year quilting with friends.  Can't wait.  Until then I have to work Monday and Tuesday.  

I haven't done much quilting this past week except for the Mystery quilt, but today I got a charity quilt made of leftover pieces from another quilt pinned and ready to take to LO.  Also getting the applique quilted down on my fall BOM so I won't have to bring so many colors of threads with me.  

Enough chit chat.  Thanks for looking and happy New Year.  I'll have my annual recap of quilts and things I made hopefully next week sometime.  And maybe change/update my resolutions list.  And maybe if the retreat is successful I'll have some finished quilts to show.